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Chamber Choir at Killerton

On Monday 11th December the Chamber Choir performed at Killerton Chapel. The children were all dressed up, and despite the cold temperature maintained very jolly for the hour long concert.

The invite only audience was made up of staff, friends of the school, and people we have worked with over the years. They heard the 45 member choir sing a range of Christmas songs and traditional carols, containing harmonies that they had spent the past months learning. The choir’s favourite songs were Nobody Cares About Santa, from ELF the Musical, and Winter Carol.

You are able to watch the full performance on the school Clickview page.

 

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Year 5 & 6 Carol Concert 2017

Featuring a blend of both modern and traditional carols, readings and a take on the Nativity play from the point of view of a rather grumpy inn keeper, the Year 5 & 6 Christmas Carol Concert was another great success. The choirs, readers, actors and musicians were a credit to the school and the amount of practice that they had each put in was clear. The performance took place on Wednesday 13th December, in Broadclyst Parish Church.

Songs and carols included traditional favourites such as ‘In the Bleak Mid-Winter and ‘Silent Night’ – with an acoustic accompaniment by Mr Beevor and several of the Year 6s on guitar, piano and violin. The children also sang more modern Christmas songs, such as ‘Step into Christmas’ and ‘Saviour’s Day.’ The performance also had some international moments, with the carol ‘Feliz Navidad’ and reading of ‘Silent Night’ in the original German.The play featured familiar Nativity characters with guest appearances from the staff of the popular sitcom ‘Fawlty Towers.’ Over the course of the play, Basil, the rather opportunistic innkeeper (played by Freddie Sansbury), learnt the true meaning of Christmas – generosity over greed. All of the actors demonstrated an innate understanding of their characters, providing much humour, as well as handling the more poignant moments thoughtfully.

Congratulations to all of the children involved!

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Featuring a blend of both modern and traditional carols, readings and a take on the Nativity play from the point of view of a rather grumpy inn keeper, the Year 5 & 6 Christmas Carol Concert was  another great success. The choirs, readers, actors and musicians were a credit to the school and the amount of practice that they had each put in was clear. The performance took place on Wednesday 13th December, in Broadclyst Parish Church.

Songs and carols included traditional favourites such as ‘In the Bleak Mid-Winter and ‘Silent Night’ – with an acoustic accompaniment by Mr Beevor and several of the Year 6s on guitar, piano and violin. The children also sang more modern Christmas songs, such as ‘Step into Christmas’ and ‘Saviour’s Day.’ The performance also had some international moments, with the carol ‘Feliz Navidad’ and reading of ‘Silent Night’ in the original German.

The play featured familiar Nativity characters with guest appearances from the staff of the popular sitcom ‘Fawlty Towers.’ Over the course of the play, Basil, the rather opportunistic innkeeper (played by Freddie Sansbury), learnt the true meaning of Christmas – generosity over greed. All of the actors demonstrated an innate understanding of their characters, providing much humour, as well as handling the more poignant moments thoughtfully.

 

Congratulations to all of the children involved!

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Reception Christmas Nativity

The reception children enjoyed performing their first ever Nativity called ‘Follow the Star’ in the school hall on Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th December. The children were thrilled to get up on stage, dressed in their costumes to perform in front of their mums, dads, guardians, grandparents, aunties and uncles.

The children had been practising scripts, dances and songs for weeks prior to the show and delivered a fanatic performance, filling the hall with singing, laughter and cheering. Some children particularly delivered their lines with confidence beyond their years, which made their teachers very proud.

Rudy who played Joseph in the performance said: “I thought it was good, I liked doing the actions and speaking.” Lottie the star added: “I liked doing the star dance and liked the angels dance.” Ava who played a narrator commented: “I thought it was good when we did all the singing.”

The reception teachers and teaching assistants are very proud of all the reception children, they delivered a spectacular performance!

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Year 1 & 2 Christmas Nativity

The Year 1 and 2 children from Broadclyst and Westclyst had a fantastic time performing their Nativity, ‘Follow the Star’, last week.

After lots of hard work learning lines, dances and singing songs they put on three excellent performances. The Narrators and leading Star eloquently took their audiences on a journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem, alongside heart-warming solos and two festive choreographies. It was clear how much time and effort the children had put in to learning an impressive number of lines. The songs were a mix of old and new, finished off with an enthusiastic performance of ‘Snow is Falling’, from both children and audience alike.

Owen summed up the performance, “I loved all of it!”. Lillie-Mae added “I felt nervous at first but when it came to the performance I really enjoyed every part”.  “The best bit of the Nativity was the finale, snow is falling, because we got to dance and learn some really fun actions” said Rosie. Noah summed it up perfectly, “seeing the Mums and Dads smile made it all worth it”.

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Nursery Autumn Activities

The children have enjoyed learning about autumn and the changes that happen to trees and leaves at this time of year. We have:

• been on leaf walks
• visited the forest school
• Gone to the allotment to have a look at how things change at different times of the year
• We have looked at animals we might find within this time and talked about where they live

The children have settled in to nursery really well and have really enjoyed exploring and playing within the nursery area and our resources, they have really enjoyed using the surfaces and Ipads to explore different activities. We use a variety of programs but a favourite that the children enjoy using is Purple Mash and Espresso. The children also use the apps for puzzles, identifying shapes and letters.

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Nursery Christmas Nativity

The children have enjoyed learning the Christmas Nativity songs with the actions this term, ready to perform their nativity!

The children have learnt a variety of songs with actions including knock knock, Snow is falling, twinkle twinkle little star and many more. Some of the children were given speaking parts as they were located on the main stage and were encouraged to be confident when coming forward to speak into the microphone to say their lines. The children in nursery enjoyed visiting the hall to have a practice at singing the song on the stage before having to perform in front of the parents on Friday 8th December.

The feedback from the parents after the main show was very positive and we are all very happy and proud of the children. Well-done to everyone involved.

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Christmas Rehearsals

This week we have 8 Christmas performances! The school has been alive with the sound of Christmas carols and songs, and children wearing traditional and sparkly costumes. We expect you may have seen and heard children practising their lines, songs and dances.

There was much excitement when the children went into the hall and saw that the stage was up and the lights were set. Year 1 and 2 children from both Broadclyst and Westclyst Primary Schools will be kicking us off on Tuesday morning, followed by the Reception classes on Wednesday. 

On Tuesday lunchtime a group of children will be walking over to Clyst Caring to sing carols. They have previously been very well received and the children have enjoyed talking to the people who have just enjoyed their Christmas lunch. 

On Friday will be holding the Nativity performed by the children in the nursery. Many of the children will be coming in for an extra session to take part. They have been working very hard learning all of the songs. We are sure that it will be an enjoyable show, the first for many of the children and parents. 

On Thursday the chamber choir will be singing at a concert organised by Poltimore House and performed in the chapel. They have been practising hard over the past half term and are looking forward to sharing their hard work. Following the concert, there will be mulled wine and mince pies, and a raffle, with all of the proceeds going to the renovations of the building. 

The week will be ending on a high with Christmas Jumper Day and a delicious Christmas dinner where the children will be served by their teacher. 

We hope to see many of you in the audience and enjoying a cup of tea and mince pie in the café!

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Winners of GEC 2016/2017

Pupils from a primary school in Israel and a secondary school in India were flown to Microsoft’s Headquarters in Seattle to receive trophies and certificates from Anthony Salcito, Microsoft’s Vice-President Worldwide Education on 27 November. They were the winning teams in the 2016/17 Global Enterprise Challenge (GEC), an initiative developed and run by Broadclyst Community Primary School (BCPS) in Devon.

The winning team in the 9-11 category was Steeviz, from Weizman School in Israel. The five youngsters developed, manufactured and sold 3D-printed keyrings, made of a biodegradable plastic made from corn. The unique selling feature was that the key chains fit into shopping carts in place of a regular coin. One of the judges, Mark Sparvell from Microsoft, commented: “I was impressed with the persistence here and the learning. They discovered that the 3D printing at a local high school was too slow and expensive and managed to find a solution in plastics. The product looks super professional.”

In the 12-15 category, the winners were Green Gallery, a team from Kamla Nehru Public School in India. The eight students used new and recycled cloth to develop, manufacture and sell a range of bags, small kits and hand fans with environmentally-friendly messages. Two of the team travelled to Seattle with their lead teacher and headteacher, and captivated their audience by modelling their products in a mock fashion show. The three judges, Mark Sparvell, education journalist Merlin John and Ranjit Singh, CEO at Geneeworld, said: “These children have a confident, enterprising attitude, justifying the value of their products, connecting to sustainable development goals and outsourcing well.”

During their award visit, the youngsters were also able to play with new toys connected with initiatives in the MS Stem programme, including a robotic hand. They enjoyed time in the Microsoft Visitor Center, playing many cutting-edge games and interactive activities, before having lunch, like Microsoft employees, in the dining area on the 100-acre campus. Afterwards the teams and adults visited a Microsoft Showcase School, St Thomas School in Medina. 

BCPS headteacher Jonathan Bishop commented: “This challenge is truly unique in its emphasis on collaboration and in the past three years we have been proud and encouraged to see children from more than 45 schools in 30 different countries working together so productively towards a common aim and purpose. The sharing of ideas, discussion and feedback transcends distance, culture and economic situation and sets positive values and skills for their futures as global citizens.”

The GEC offers an exciting opportunity for schools to create partnerships and be part of a collaborative global community, using the Microsoft Office 365 platform to incorporate business skills - including product design, market research, manufacture and marketing - into many different elements of the curriculum and put children’s learning into a real-life context. 

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Wind in the Willows

Year 3, as part of their learning around Wind in the Willows, visited Killerton House on Tuesday 28th November.  Prior to the visit, pupils had created Christmas decorations based on the characters from the book, which were displayed as part of the event on a Christmas tree in the chapel.  

When Year 3 arrived at Killerton, they gathered together to recall their excellent understanding of the story and discussed the different characters, before splitting into smaller groups led by Killerton staff dressed as many of the animals in the story.  They then travelled around the house, decorated to represent many of the scenes found in the story, taking part in a range of activities.  This include:

attempting to get a set of keys from the guard in the jail

wearing masks and asking questions to guess which character they were

writing on a bauble to explain what friendship is

using a range of percussion instruments in the music room to recreate the setting of major events in the story, ranging from the river flowing to Toad’s escape.

Finally, the whole group regathered in the music room to sing a Christmas song, all about friendship, that they had been practising in school, which impressed all those listening. They also shared the letters that they had been asked to find on their carousel before working out the word that the entire morning was based around: ‘Friendship’.  The visit was hugely enjoyed by all and Year 3 behaved excellently throughout the entire trip.  Jasmine thought the entire visit was fabulous and Lewis particularly enjoyed creating the sound of fire using percussion instruments.

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